Bad Art!

Recently there has been much controvery about an artist by the name of Guillermo “Habacuc” Vargas Jimenez. August 16, 2007 artist Habacuc displayed a starving stray dog in the name of art. Although all my blog postings thus far have been in favor of a work, this is an exception. With the idea of bringing attention to the problem of starving dogs, and “sensitize people to their deaths” Habacuc brought a stray starving dog into a art exhibition and placed him on a short leash. Above and out of reach of  Natividad, the name given to the dog meaning birth were the words “Eres Lo Que Lees”, “You Are What You Read”. Nitividad died in the gallery during the show from starvation.

The artist Guillermo Vargas Jiménez, the “artist name” is Habacuc, was born 1975  in San José, Costa Rica. Some other works according to a website Remember Natividad include live pornography and prostitution via web-cam. In my opinion this man is very disturbed. I do not support killing a dog in the name of art. If he trying to make a point maybe he should instead help the starving dog instead of torturing it to DEATH!

Online you can find a petition trying to stop Habacuc from preforming this stunt again. Although many people have signed the petition the artist has already plans to show the piece again. Kill yet another innocent dog. This man should be punished. Although I as an artist understand why he did what he did, if the man had any heart or morals he would know better than to purposely let an animal die.  However…

“the act of killing a dog is not a crime in Nicaragua (where the fatal exhibition with the dead dog took place), since there are no animal protecting laws in this country. Thus, even if in Costa Rica (and in hundreds of other countries around the world) such act would be a crime requiring legal steps against the “artist”, the “jury” considers the happenings in Nicaragua “insignificant” and excluding Vargas from the Bienal 2008 a “censorship of art”.”

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~ by klineb582 on Friday, April 11, 2008.

6 Responses to “Bad Art!”

  1. I totally agree with what you wrote because that is definitely not art. I can’t believe he actually let a dog die and called it “art.” That’s awful. He definitely should have helped the dog or something to be an example of what others should do.

  2. “sensitize people to their deaths”?!?!? That’s outrageous. I cannot believe this. I have to agree with you, that is by no means art. That’s animal cruelty, not art…not cool…

  3. My partner suggested that if he were so intent on sensitizing people to their deaths, he should have starved himself to death as opposed to forcing an innocent animal who had no choice. It’s an outrage. The pictures are painful. I couldn’t even look at all of them.

  4. Yeah thats pretty messed up. Anybody who does something like that is pretty sick in the head. There is no way making another living thing suffer is art, not in any way. Its so sad though, its a shame how some people treat animals.

  5. I agree it is not art AT ALL!! Having an animal die and then call it art is not right. I just can’t believe this., it’s horrible

  6. I could not agree with you more. I think that it is terrible to let a dog die and then call it art….. What are we teaching our future artists….????? (young children) That it is okay to let dogs die, because it then becomes art….??? Wow.

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